Nationals have checked in on Casey Janssen


The Nationals, in search of bullpen help, have checked in on free agent reliever Casey Janssen and others, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The club recently traded long-time reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, and appear to be ready to rely on Drew Storen as their closer in 2015.

Janssen, 33, began the 2014 season on the disabled list with a back injury. He made his season debut for the Blue Jays on May 12 and pitched well through the All-Star break, compiling a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings. In the second half, however, he struggled, posting a 6.46 ERA in 23 2/3 innings. According to FanGraphs, the right-hander lost velocity on all of his pitches, including about one MPH on his fastball.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.